American MetalMarket

Magazine Issue: Jan/Feb -2013

Cover Story

Procrastinating the prognosticating: 2013 metals industry survey
Although a majority of respondents to AMM  ’s annual survey on the outlook for the metals sector say business should be better in 2013, an overwhelming number believe it will be 2014 or even later before the US economy fully recovers.

Market Spotlight

  • Opportunity abounds in Mexcico for steel suppliers

    Many U.S.-based steel service centers and processors see Mexico holding opportunities for growth, including several companies that have had operations in Mexico for many years and continue to make moves to increase their presence there.




From the Editor


  • The only certainty is Government must work

    I’m going to say something that will probably sound heretical to many in the metals sector: When it is functional, government provides certainty in an otherwise uncertain environment.



  • Steel market expected flat for 2013

    Neither buyers nor sellers expect any significant changes in steel demand in 2013, with market players giving up hope that it will be anything more than stable for steel products despite expected strength in the agriculture, automotive and energy sectors.

  • Drill down in the details for 2013 OCTG outlook

    Low natural gas prices, high OCTG imports and increased domestic capacity are all presenting challenges in the US market, but after an expected slow start in 2013, improvements in demand, prices and drilling activity could bring a turnaround.

  • US stainless market to see little change in 2013

    Although some differ on the outlook for the domestic stainless steel market, with nickel prices and wavering demand expected to keep things interesting, industry insiders hope the market will still record a slight increase in growth.

  • Steel trade’s new cry: wailt 'till 2014

    Although 2012 was a stronger year than 2011, business began to slow somewhat in the second half of the year, leading many steel traders to look ahead to 2014 rather than 2013 for a full and lasting turnaround in the steel import and export markets.

  • Ferrous scrap flows a big concern for 2013

    Scrap flows into shredders and nonshredding yards have emerged as the prevailing concern among industry players—not so much on volume, but quite heavily on margins because flows are directly affected by economic activity.

  • The year ahead in metal raw materials

    Producers of iron ore and metallurgical coal can expect a stable 2013 as prices rise, the economy recovers and operations in the US and abroad invest in new projects.

  • Aluminum pins 2013 hopes on political fortunes

    The demand for products should remain strong if political issues in Washington can be resolved quickly and effectively, aluminum experts say, creating expectations for a steady year of growth—unless partisan disagreements derail the US economy.

  • Secondary aluminum: No longer a simple supply-demand game

    Macroeconomic factors—particularly the ongoing debt crisis in Europe and its accompanying effect on London Metal Exchange pricing—seemed to weigh more heavily on free-market aluminum alloy and scrap prices as demand remained steady.

  • Titanium industry undergoes massive changes into 2013

    PCC’s takeover of Timet—the largest such move in the titanium sector’s history—may be the biggest step yet in consolidating the aerospace supply chain, transforming what once was an industry of individual mills into a series of production facilities under larger companies.

  • Why China is the key to the future of copper in 2013

    Chinese markets account for more than 40 percent of global copper consumption, and demand from Shanghai warehouses can move prices worldwide.  That means changes in China’s copper usage could create wild swings in the international marketplace.

  • Analysts split over 2013 nickel forecast

    Analysts are divided on how nickel prices will perform in the coming year as a number of factors—including supply levels, incident-prone mine startups, and influences like governmental changes in China and Japan—have yet to come into focus.


  • Independence Tube rises from tornado's ashes

    Just one year after its Decatur, Ala., facility was virtually obliterated by a tornado, Independence Tube was fully operational with the help of local companies and state officials determined to keep the company in the state.